Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell claimed victory in Friday morning’s penultimate race of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season at Jerez while the Pro class title battle closed up.
Prestige Performance’s Amici and Mitchell, who will start from pole in this afternoon’s final round of the season, gained a position in the pit stops to come out on top in the Pro class.
Mitchell then made his way past Damon Ockey to take the overall lead after Ockey and Jacob Eidson, who were crowned Pro-Am champions last time out, had led the race from pole.
The Scottish driver crossed the line 9.7 seconds clear of Cedric Sbirrazzuoli and Paolo Ruberti after leapfrogging the Dream Racing Motorsport duo in the pits.
Ruberti ran second throughout the first stint, trailing Eidson, while Amici was third prior to the mandatory pit stops.
The championship battle closed up ahead of this afternoon’s season finale, with three crews now within four points.
Corey Lewis and Richard Antinucci were handed a drive-through penalty for a short pit stop, dropping them from third to fourth in Pro and allowing principal rivals Conor Daly and Brandon Gdovic to pass for third.
The two cars finished in those same positions, with Gdovic therefore closing the gap back to Lewis/Antinucci from six points to four.
Mitchell and Amici’s maximum 15 points, coupled with their additional point for scoring Race 2 pole, put them equal on points with Gdovic, meanwhile.
Ockey and Eidson held on for the Pro-Am win despite allowing the lead four Pro cars to pass by during the second stint, while Steven Aghakhani beat McKay Snow to the Am class win, closing the points gap down to eight.
Chad Reed and Justin Price claimed LB Cup honors despite starting the pit lane after picking up an issue on their car before the race.
The race ran under the safety car for three laps before getting properly underway to allow track clean-up at Turn 1 for an unspecified issue that seemed to appear during the formation lap.
A collision between Ashton Harrison and Sheena Monk took both cars out of contention, with Harrison ending up in the gravel from the LB Cup lead and Monk picking up a puncture.
A fourth-place finish in LB Cup was enough to secure Mel Johnson the class title, giving him an insurmountable 21-point lead of Harrison and Stephane Cemo.
Pro and Am championships will be decided in the final round of the season at 3:05 p.m. local time (9:05 a.m. EDT).
RESULTS: Race 1